MAC Mineral Foundation and Powders


Lately there has been a big push for women to use mineral makeup because it is supposedly a healthier makeup for your skin. It’s not so much what is in mineral makeup but what is left out of mineral makeup. Mineral makeup leaves out preservatives, parabens, mineral oil, chemical dyes, and fragrances. Many dermatologists recommend mineral makeup based on the fact that these omitted ingredients are possible skin irritants.

New York dermatologist Neal Schultz, MD says. Mineral makeup is “much less likely to cause a reaction in women with sensitive skin. And because it doesn’t contain oil, it won’t aggravate acne-prone skin.” As well, Chicago dermatologist Brooke Jackson, MD, who uses mineral makeup herself, suggests it to her patients with rosacea and eczema. She also recommends it to women with sensitive skin. “Women in their 30’s and 40’s will come in and say they have bathroom counters filled with products that have caused reactions because of one ingredient or another,” Jackson says. When these women  “try mineral products, many are finally able to wear makeup for the first time in” years.

“Mineral makeup will not . . . replace your moisturizer, acne cream, or anti-aging serum . . . But it does offer some excellent skin care benefits. Titanium dioxide and zinc oxide are both found in Mineral makeup and act as physical sun blocks, so an even application of mineral makeup provides some sun protection.” But if you’re going to be spending hours outdoors on a sunny day, choosing a sunscreen with an SPF 45 is critical. Zinc oxide is also an FDA-approved skin protector in mineral makeup. “It has some anti-inflammatory properties. “Since mineral makeup [has] a higher percentage of zinc oxide than traditional makeup, it [is] useful in calming irritated skin.”

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MAC Mineralize Moisture foundation ($42) is a nice mineral foundation. The only thing that I do not love about it is that it is so ‘moisturizing’ which means that if you are prone to have oilier skin it is a good idea not to wear moisturizer underneath your foundation as the foundation can make your skin look greasy. Mineralize Moisture Foundation is supposed to give your face a dewy youthful look but this look may not suite everyone and you may want to try one of MAC’s more matte foundations such as Match Master SPF 15 foundation or my favorite MAC’s 15 hour Pro Long Wear Foundation.

Generally, I find Mineralize Moisture foundation to be a foundation that covers well, especially when you put MAC Mineralize Skin finish pressed powder over the foundation. However, I find that MAC’s mineralized makeup is not long wear. Long wearing is an attribute I often look for in a makeup. Instead, I have been using  MAC’s Pro Long Wear foundation despite the fact it is not  a mineral makeup because it does not melt off your face half way through the day and because it does not make your skin appear oily.  Mac claims that Mineralize Moisture foundation is a “combination of powders [that] create . . . an optical blurring effect that diminishes imperfections and fine lines, for [an] even tone. The light-reflecting, natural satin finish makes skin appear refined, revitalized, and refreshed with a new purity, softly lit from within.”

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You have 2 choices when it comes to MAC mineralized pressed powders. Your first option is Mineralize Skinfinisher Powder ($35) that has “ [a] luxurious velvet-soft powder with high-frost metallic finish” that smooths on and “adds buffed-up highlights to cheeks and brows, or an overall ultra-deluxe polish” to your face. So if you are going for a more luminous look in your makeup this would be a fantastic finishing powder for you. But as for me, I chose MAC’s Mineralize Skinfinish in Natural ($35) which I find better for every day. It’s easy enough to add shiny highlights to your face with other makeup hi-lighters when you are going out somewhere special. Mac holds that it’s Natural Skinfinish makeup is “[a] luxurious domed face powder with minerals, slowly baked to [give] a dimensional yet natural-matte finish.[It] provides a perfect low coverage finish [and is used] to set and fix foundation or as a touch-up throughout the day.” What I absolutely love about this powder is that it dulls out most of the shininess from the liquid Mineral Foundation. Since it is matte it looks better on women with different skin types, especially those with acne prone skin. My only complaint is that it doesn’t quite give the coverage other powders do and wears off quicker. Although mineral makeup may be better for your skin, I think I will use the powder as a finishing powder when I go out at night and stick with my Clinique Pressed powder and MAC’s Pro Long Wear Mac foundation for its excellent skin coverage.

Mineral makeup powder maybe great for some more sensitive skin types but it lacks certain aspects important to women using makeup such as long term coverage and a matte application. It can also make your skin oilier if it has moisturizing properties.

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